en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:38:22 -0400 15 Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:35:00 -0400 Former SEAL, author of bin Laden book, is under criminal probe U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:25:00 -0400 Charts: Air Force announces promotion system changes Under the Air Force's new enlisted promotion system, enlisted performance report scores will carry a great deal more weight. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:13:00 -0400 Air Force promotion system changes: Only recent EPRs will count Starting next year, enlisted airmen will start with a clean slate each time they come up for promotion. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:13:00 -0400 Military Times poll: Troops fed up with politics Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Pettigrew feels like he should vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 4. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:03:00 -0400 Few big changes expected in Congress' defense agenda The more lawmakers change, the more things stay the same. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:37:00 -0400 5 defense/veterans races to watch on election night Current House member Cotton, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army, has held a steady lead in the polls over Pryor, the Democratic incumbent, in one of the key races that could flip control of the Senate to the Republicans. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:36:00 -0400 NATO says service member has died in Afghanistan NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400 Civilian pilot killed in crash after exercise with Navy identified Authorities say a civilian pilot killed in a jet crash during a military training exercise near a California Navy base was a 45-year-old Utah resident. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:02:00 -0400 Soldiers who don't meet MOS requirements will be reclassified or kicked out Regular Army enlisted soldiers who are not qualified in their MOS will be reclassified or involuntarily separated under a new quality control program launched by Human Resources Command. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:56:00 -0400 For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:08:00 -0400 Marine's defense seeks new judge in war crime case Attorneys for a Marine being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case have asked a judge to remove himself, saying he's incapable of being impartial and objective. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:48:00 -0400 MARSOC Marines embrace amphibious role during Bold Alligator A special operations company from MARSOC will launch from Navy ships and augment larger Marine missions at Bold Alligator this year as the Corps embraces a concept that has elite forces and fleet Marines working in tandem. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:55:00 -0400 U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:24:00 -0400 Islamic State threat prompts new security warnings across U.S. military Military facilities around the U.S. are on alert, urging troops and their families to take precautions amid continued threats of violence from the Islamic State group. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:57:00 -0400 Staff sgt. reunited with the helmet that saved his life More than two years after he was shot by the enemy in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye was reunited with the helmet that saved his life. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:34:00 -0400 No charges against Palm Springs police officers who killed Marine in 2012 County prosecutors said Thursday that they will not file charges against two Palm Springs police officers who shot and killed an unarmed Marine in the downtown parking garage in 2012. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:38:00 -0400 Dempsey: U.S. considering empowering Sunni tribes in Iraq The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon is beginning to consider ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq's Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:02:00 -0400 Marine recharged in Iraq war case back in court The Marine Corps should not be retrying a Marine sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:01:00 -0400 Former SecDef Gates blasts lawmakers over sequestration Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates ripped Washington on Thursday over sequestration budget caps, saying Congress' inability to reach a budget compromise was causing 'grave damage' to the U.S. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0400 Dempsey: Iraqi Shiites must back expanded mission U.S. military leaders want to expand the advise-and-assist mission into Iraq's Anbar province and put combat advisers on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:59:00 -0400 15 Air Force officers to be discharged after cheating Of the airmen involved in the cheating investigation at Malsmtrom Air Force Base, most of them are now back on the job. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:45:00 -0400 Dover air base wings 'on standby' for Ebola mission Dover Air Force Base hasn't been tasked to support the U.S. effort in West Africa to combat Ebola - but the base is reviewing procedures and standing by in case orders to do so arrive. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:02:00 -0400 USFK: Troops cannot pay for the companionship of 'juicy girls' The commander of U.S. troops in South Korea is dropping the hammer on that country's notorious 'juicy bars,' which use women as sex workers who cater to U.S. troops. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:02:00 -0400 Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:50:00 -0400 USAFE tests catchy new approach to airman health Sometimes all a campaign needs is a little rebranding. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:25:00 -0400 Amid murder case, Philippines says U.S. pact stays A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:24:00 -0400 NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:24:00 -0400 Update: Ex-Warrior Training Center boss wore unearned Ranger, Sapper tabs A lieutenant colonel relieved of his post as head of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, was not authorized to wear the Ranger and Sapper tabs displayed on his uniform, base officials said Thursday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:23:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Private groups offer mental health care The government spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on mental health treatment for service members and veterans. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:00 -0400 Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heydey. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:51:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Diligently protect your financial accounts The unfortunate experience of a military retiree who recently had his retired pay stolen from his bank account offers a stark reminder to be vigilant about our finances. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:40:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Dad's mad - can he cut off child's Tricare? Q. I am a 20-year-old dependent of my father, who is retired from the Air Force. I have Tricare Prime through him. Recently he became upset with me, and I am worried he will take me off Tricare insurance. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400 Pentagon defends decision to isolate troops Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:31:00 -0400 Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 Norway to send training troops to Iraq Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:41:00 -0400 Pair convicted in secret $1.6M Navy silencer deal A senior Navy intelligence official and a California race-car mechanic were convicted in federal court for their roles in pushing through a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers for an unspecified, classified program. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:16:00 -0400 Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0400 Group says Islamic State killed 600 Iraqi prisoners during Mosul takeover An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0400 A Headless Ranger? Mystery at a Rogers Island burial site Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman. Does a community 150 miles farther up the Hudson River have a Headless Ranger buried in an unmarked cemetery from the 18th century? Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:10:00 -0400 Gang member faces 210 year sentence in Marine killing A jury has convicted a San Jose gang member of murder in the shooting death of a former Marine and aspiring lawyer who was gunned down while playing pool in his garage with friends. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:40:00 -0400 Senate to vote on advance funding for VA When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:43:00 -0400 New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:36:00 -0400 Drone strike kills 2 militants in northwest Pakistan Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:35:00 -0400 Marine recruiter pleads not guilty to arson A U.S. Marine Corps recruiter accused of setting small fires at his workplace in Bismarck is charged in federal court. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:44:00 -0400 Pentagon officials: No hope for budget soon; tech development vital The Pentagon's chief financial officer admitted on Wednesday that he is 'not super optimistic' about Congress reaching a budget deal once the current continuing resolution temporarily funding the federal government expires on Dec. 11. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:04:00 -0400 Bataan ARG returns from almost nine-month cruise More than 4,000 sailors and Marines in the three-ship Bataan amphibious ready group are returning home. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:23:00 -0400 After complaints, soldier removes controversial Halloween hanging display A Halloween display in front of an active-duty soldier's Fort Campbell, Kentucky, residence that featured effigies with black trash bags as heads hanging by their necks from a tree was removed Tuesday, shortly after base officials were informed of the dec Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:47:00 -0400 22nd MEU returns from almost nine-month float More than 4,000 sailors and Marines in the three-ship Bataan amphibious ready group are returning home. More than 4,000 sailors and Marines in the three-ship Bataan Amphibious Ready Group are returning home. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:08:00 -0400 Real Marine stars in satirical military homecoming video You don't have to look far to find a viral 'homecoming video' featuring heartwarming reunions between service members and their families after a long deployment. But a new video making the rounds on social media takes a fresh approach. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:07:00 -0400 Hagel orders quarantine for troops returning from West Africa Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered all U.S. service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo 'controlled monitoring,' meaning they will be isolated on military facilities and monitored for symptoms for 21 days. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:00 -0400 Obama on Ebola fight: U.S. can't seal itself off Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their ret Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:00 -0400 Jet crashes near Naval Station Ventura County, killing pilot A jet on a military training exercise crashed into an agricultural field near a Southern California Navy base Wednesday, killing the pilot, authorities said. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:04:00 -0400 Comms system boss fired amid investigation The O-6 manager of a multibillion-dollar tactical radio system was fired Tuesday, Naval Air Systems Command said. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:57:00 -0400 Singing officer's daughter makes cut on TV's 'The Voice' The 17-year-old daughter of an Army colonel reached the live-performance round of the NBC singing competition 'The Voice,' impressing her celebrity coach enough to become one of 20 contestants to make the cut. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:25:00 -0400 Pentagon warns employees about Islamic State threats Military personnel and civilians who work in the Pentagon could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists, the building's internal security agency is warning employees in a new memo distributed late last week. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:23:00 -0400 USAF C-130 airdrops meals to displaced tribe in Iraq An Air Force C-130 on Monday delivered thousands of meals to an Iraqi tribe displaced by fighting between security forces and Islamic State group fighters. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:21:00 -0400 Give your vet a shout-out Sixty years ago, the nation declared its first Veterans Day celebration. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:12:00 -0400 Alaska Guard members sue over leaked records Four Alaska National Guard members have sued the U.S. Army, saying investigative and other records pertaining to them were improperly leaked to reporters and state officials. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:12:00 -0400 'Operation Supply Drop' delivers the goods for desperate downrange gamers Ask Air Force F-16 pilot Maj. Brian Gerwe what helped him and his 30-man detachment make it through a yearlong deployment to a remote air base in Pakistan, and he'll tell you it was all about that one critical supply drop. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:01:00 -0400